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Possible Non-Paternity Events

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  • mhbowes11
    It should be noted that in about 5% of cases results turn up a non-paternity event. There are numerous possible explanations for this, including: 1) In the
    Message 1 of 1 , Jan 7, 2009
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      It should be noted that in about 5% of cases results turn up a "non-paternity" event. There
      are numerous possible explanations for this, including:

      1) In the challenging circumstances within which many of our ancestors lived, widowed
      women with children or who were pregnant often remarried, sometimes to survive. The new
      father would informally adopt her children, who would take the new father's name.

      2) Natural disasters, diseases and the like have often orphaned children, who were then
      taken in by neighbors or friends and took the new family's name.

      3) Surnames in some areas, such as Ireland, underwent great instability due to political and
      cultural changes. Individuals would alter their surname to better suit changing
      environments.

      4) Sometimes a male even assumed his wife's last name when it improved his chances of
      inheriting his wife's family's estate
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